February 10, 2016

11 Reasons Why I’m a Crap Friend


      Friendships come and go and there are few that will truly stand the test of time. I’ve listed some of the reasons you shouldn’t be my friend here but it needs to be said that what you see on the outside isn’t always what’s going on inside. To those who think I’m […]

When Paddy Met Gennaro

Paddy and Gennaro

  Mike takes over today’s blog as he describes the day Paddy finally met his hero. We hope you enjoy it! Regular readers will know of Paddy’s interest in cooking. He might only be eight-years-old but this is the child who can make his own pasta and can even gut a fish before making a […]

Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen!

Caitlin Sullivan

    Last Sunday was Caitlin’s 16th birthday. We couldn’t quite believe that it was already 16 years since I waddled into the hospital ten days overdue and completely, utterly fed-up. Induction day couldn’t come quick enough at the time – the summer that year was experiencing a terrific heatwave and keeping cool was a […]

We ALL want to keep our children safe


  All of us. Everywhere. So trust me, immigrants aren’t ‘flooding the country’ to get £40-odd of benefits. Considering the whole world’s population can fit in an area the size of Wales and the numbers at Calais are nothing but a drop in the ocean it’s time to get off this scare-mongering propaganda. There are […]

Here’s Where My Family Life Happens

Oliver's 6th birthday with his Minecraft cake and siblings

  My favourite place to be is at home. Our house works very hard to take care of all of us. Each of us has our own favourite spot to be in the home too. For me, I love it when we’re all in the kitchen. I might be cooking our evening meal, and some […]

5 Things I Decided to Do (or Stop Doing) Before I Hit Forty

Tally stroke marks counting to five

  Turning forty is one of those major milestones in life. It is the time when life supposedly begins and is a significant moment when you realise that who you are now is a mile away from who you once were, not least in the physical sense. I look back at my teen self who […]